Back in the early 2000s, if one wanted to be famous, all they had to do was audition on one or the other song-and-dance reality shows that populated most of the channels. The participants of these shows, especially the ones who made it to the last couple of rounds, had some or the other type of emotional backstory that made them relatable to the viewers, catapulting them to heights of fame.
However, today, achieving fame is, as the kids say, NBD (no big deal). The definition of being famous today is synonymous with being Insta-famous or meme-worthy. One doesn’t even have to put in efforts to be famous anymore, you can just be going about your business and garnishing your food and voila! A video of you doing that can appear on the social media and before you know it, you would be bestowed with a title such as Pepper bae! To capture the fickle ways of fame we decided to make a list of few such famous personalities who shot to fame overnight. If you’re looking for some inspiration, here you go:
1. Priya Prakash Varrier
Priya Prakash Varrier is popularly known as the girl whose wink made men weak in their knees. The Malayali teen actress shot to fame when a promotional clip of a song from her unreleased movie OruAdaar Love, went viral in 2018. The scene featured a gregarious Varrier, in the garb of a school teen, winking impishly at her school crush. Needless to say, the scene captured the imagination of people of all ages across the nation. It became so popular that she was given the title of “National crush of India”. Want to know what the fuss is all about? See for yourself.
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2. Kim Kardashian
You might know her today as a social media icon, Taylor Swift’s frenemy, or as a very successful business magnate. But Kim a.k.a. Kimberly Noel Kardashian West’s journey began when she was catapulted to fame due to a video leak in 2007, that captured her intimate moments with her then-boyfriend, Ray J. Capitalizing on the media momentum, later that year, she, along with her family signed on to the E! channel reality series, Keeping With The Kardashian’s, and the rest is history. In the 12 years since then, Kim has not only managed to stay in news for her short-lived marriage, her video game, but also managed to erect a beauty empire of her own.
3. NusretGökçe A.K.A Salt bae
NusretGökçe, is a Turkish restaurateur, chef, and butcher who is the owner of Nusr-Et, a chain of steakhouses. He first rose to fame when a video of him “suavely” cutting and seasoning meat became viral in Jan 2017. This video which inspired a bajillion memes propped Nusret as the next internet sensation. While his restaurants have been widely panned for having substandard and overpriced food, Salt bae’s histrionics continue to pull in huge crowds to this day (1).
4. Taher Shah
Bet you forgot all about him! This businessman from Karachi became a huge internet sensation following the release of his song, Eye To Eye, in the year2013. Then came his song Angel, in 2016. Dressed in the garb of an angel, with his wings intact, the amateur singer can be seen, making an earnest plea in the video, in the following words, “I am like an angel, mankind’s angel, lonely for you”. Needless to say, the trolls on the internet had a field day commenting on the video.
Say what you will about Taher, his confidence is surely inspiring. See for yourself!
5. Pooja Jain A.K.A DhinchakPooja
You must’ve been living under a rock if you haven’t heard of this self-acclaimed rapper’s famous work, Selfie Maine Le Li Aaj. Pooja Jain, known as Dhinchak Pooja to her fans, scored big on the internet following the release of a spate of her songs in 2016. Following this newfound popularity, she even featured on the popular Indian reality series, Big Boss, in 2017. She recently released another song on her official YouTube channel, titled, Nache Jab KudiDilli Di.
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Honorable mentions: Jeremey Meeks a.k.a the “Hot felon”, Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi, Mikhail Varshavskia.k.a Dr. Mike, Omar Borkan Al Gala.
That’s right guys, if fame is something you aspire to achieve, then let these personalities inspire you. Turns out doing your own thing can ensure that you enjoy your 15 minutes of fame. In 2019, anything is possible.
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